Proseminar: Information Theory
Winter Term 2016/2017
Information Theory provides the foundation for two important problems:
- How can data be compressed most effectively? Typical scenarios would be the compression of text as zip, music as mp3 and picture data as jpeg.
- How can data be nearly lossless transfered over a instable band? A typical scenario is the communication over weak wireless connections, such as with a Mars probe or the writing and reading of data from hard drives or CDs.
Even though both problems seem to be in oppsition in the beginning, they do have a common theoretical foundation, which we will learn during this pro seminar.